The Wich Stand
(AKA: "The Stand" on "The Hill")

"The Stand" was the hot rodder’s paradise. If you had a hot rod, or a cool car with loud pipes,
and wanted to show it off, or a girl wanting to socialize, then you went to The Wich Stand.
In the early 60's, this was the place to be, after school, or on a Friday or Saturday night.

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In The Day




In the early 60's, this was the other place to be on a Friday or Saturday night.  "The Stand" was the place were the boys met up with the girls, an a hot rodder’s paradise.  If you had a cool car with loud pipes and wanted to show it off, then you went to The Wich Stand.

Young people came from the South Bay, the Valley, Pasadena, Whittier, literally all over Southern California to cruise The Wich Stand.  Professional drag racers towed their factory sponsored cars up to the Stand to race the, Don’s Primer ’33 Chevy with a blown Pontiac, or Larry’s Red, ’63 409.

You lined up in the parking lane coming up the hill on Slauson, heading for Overhill. The "drive in" parking in the Stand was a little different from the A&W or your typical "Delores’s or Mels Diner" type drive in. You pulled up into a driveway and stopped and waited for a parking spot to open up. In the Wich Stand, you pulled in the back parking spot and when someone in front of you left, then you pulled forward. The guys and gals would jockey for the right position to enable them to pull up next to the opposite sex and start some casual conversationguy or gal they wanted to talk to. The spots were three deep and they also had parking by the building (see inset).




In 1957, Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and calls it Graceland, and had  #1 hit records like "Too Much", "All Shook Up", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear and Jailhouse Rock.  Other hits were by Paul Anka with Diana, Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls of Fire and Danny and the Juniors with At The Hop. American Bandstand premieres on television, and West Side Story – was a hit, Ford launched the Edsel, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, and the Burford brothers tore down the old, built and opened the new Wich Stand Coffee Shop on the corner of Slauson and Overhill (“The Hill”).











Unlike A&W, the Stand also had a restaurant inside the building but the "cool people" used the drive in.




In The Early 70s

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